Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
A friend from church was telling us about a gift he and his wife received a few years ago. Since both are avid baseball fans, their kids offered them choice seats behind home plate for an Atlanta Braves. Or, they had the choice of the entire family attending the game with seats in the outfield. They chose the outfield, but decided to have their own transportation home in case the grandchildren didn't make it through the game.
That first year, the grandchildren only made it a few innings. However, it became an annual family event.
The next year, the grandkids made it through the entire game, hooting and hollering for the home team without understanding what was happening on the field.
The third year, the grandkids started asking questions about the game and what they saw.
This past year, the grandson wanted to sit beside Granddad. Why? "Because he talks baseball."
The story was told as Granddad anticipated the upcoming baseball outing and time with the grandkids.
I may be wrong, but that sounds like discipleship to me . . . sharing passion for the game, providing opportunities to be there, teaching them the basics.
I just wonder how many of our children and grandchildren want to be close to us because "we talk Jesus"?